January 11, 2018 - Bringing Our History Alive
Hilton Head Island High School Choir“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” (Marcus Garvey) We heard about the long and short term goals of our own history, Mitchelville, from the new Executive Director, Ahmad Ward. Mitchelville is not just an important piece of local history, but has important historical value to our country. The Mitchelville Preservation Project is saving and reestablishing this valuable site.
Mitchelville was the first self-governed freeman’s town in the US. In 1862, shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed -- while most of the African-American slave population was still trying to adjust to the idea of their new post-war freedom -- the people of Mitchelville were busy creating a completely new, self-governed culture that would be the guidepost for generations to follow. It’s a story as old and as rich as the soil itself; a testament to the sacrifice, resilience and perseverance of our nation’s very first freedmen, and thanks to The Mitchelville Preservation Project, today, America can relive it. .